Sandra Gulland

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Forging Fiction From Fact

Step back in time as Sandra Gulland takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the world of a historical fiction writer. Known for her in-depth research, Gulland will talk about her journey, culminating in a reading from her latest novel.

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Friday, October 16. 7pm. St. Albert Public Library.

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Sandra Gulland was raised in Brazil and the U.S. Her career has involved teaching Grade Two in an Inuit village in northern Labrador, working as a book editor in Toronto, and being a volunteer principal of a parent-run alternative school. Alongside her love of growing vegetables and raising chickens and pigs, Gulland was always writing.

Her interest in Josephine Bonaparte and the Napoleonic era was sparked after reading a biography of Josephine. Decades of research and consultation with period scholars followed, with travel to France, Italy and Martinique. The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., the first novel in what evolved to be the Josephine B. Trilogy, was published in 1995, followed in 1998 by Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe and in 2000 by The Last Great Dance on Earth. Again following extensive research, her novel, Mistress of the Sun, set in the court of Louis XIV, was published in 2008.

In 2014 her fifth novel, The Shadow Queen, featured many of the characters from Mistress of the Sun, although from entirely different perspectives.

She is now writing the first of two Young Adult novels about Josephine's precocious daughter Hortense.

Gulland's novels have been published in fifteen countries and translated into thirteen languages.

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